How to Stop Snoring

How to Stop Snoring

Snoring affects both women and men, old and young, little and large. It affects a significant percentage of the population in every country around the world. Research has shown that it only becomes worse as we get older. 30% of men and 20% of women under the age of 60 snore. Increasing to 60% and 40% over the age of 60.

Snoring is essentially a mechanical problem. The airway at the rear of the throat behind the tongue becomes smaller in some people when they sleep. This is due to an increase in fatty tissue, the effect of gravity when lying on your back, the loss of muscle tone, the relaxation of the muscles, the lower jaw and tongue dropping back, or any mixture of all these reasons. The reduced airway means the air travels faster through the airway when we breath, this causes the relaxed soft tissues in the throat to vibrate which results in the snoring noise.

The most well researched technique around the world for stopping snoring is the use of a mandibular advancement appliance (MAA). An MAA looks like a sports mouth guard and is frequently referred to as a snoring guard. An MAA fits over the upper teeth and lower teeth. The 2 parts are connected to hold the lower jaw in a slightly forward position. By holding the lower jaw forward the tongue and hyoid bone are brought forward too. This keeps the airway open and is unquivocally proven to control snoring. Mandibular advancement devices can be purchased online but it is highly recommended to get one from a dentist that will be made to fit your individual mouth and teeth.

Mandibular advancement devices are normally made from various kinds of plastics. This makes them inherently bulky and they all need to be replaced regularly. The plastic material deforms and degrades from regular wear in the mouth. The latest 4th generation mandibular advancement device from Somnowell is made from chrome cobalt alloy. Like gold, chrome cobalt is ideal for long-term use in the mouth as it does not suffer from wear or tear. The Somnowell is tailor-made for the individual and is very effective at stopping snoring. It has the added advantage of being far smaller and more comfortable.